Squash, Sibley

Cucurbita maxima
$2.99 to $76.50
SKU: 0660
  • Hard, light blue rind
  • Thick, sweet flesh
  • A type of Banana squash
  • Winter squash

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.

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Squash, Sibley Description

This variety was introduced by Hiram Sibley & Co. Of Rochester, New York in 1887. Seed Savers Exchange obtained the seed from an elderly woman in Van Dinam, Iowa who had grown it for more than 50 years in Missouri. It is also known as 'Pike's Peak' squash.

Squash were first cultivated in the Americas and brought to Europe by explorers returning with their discoveries. They have been documented as a part of human culture for thousands of years. Different domestication dates and events are recognized within the squash family, resulting in the difference between species groups like winter squash and summer squash.

Learn to Grow it

This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.

If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 3-6 feet apart and plant your seeds 1/2-1 in. deep.

Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.

These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.